Alfred Jensen

American, 1903–1981

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Alfred Jensen

American, 1903–1981

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The paintings of Abstract Expressionist Alfred Jensen are based on complex systems of thought, from Pythagorean mathematics and astronomy to ancient Chinese and Mayan calendars. Jensen’s oeuvre is characterized by geometric order and symmetry, using bold, copious impasto color, often without the use of a brush. Common motifs in Jensen’s work are concentric shapes and checkerboards, rendered in unconventional combinations of color and resolutely flat. Occasionally featuring numeric symbols and incongruously informal cursive script, Jensen’s paintings connect his interest in ancient metaphysics with his innovative technique.

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New Museum, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale International Exhibition
Biography

The paintings of Abstract Expressionist Alfred Jensen are based on complex systems of thought, from Pythagorean mathematics and astronomy to ancient Chinese and Mayan calendars. Jensen’s oeuvre is characterized by geometric order and symmetry, using bold, copious impasto color, often without the use of a brush. Common motifs in Jensen’s work are concentric shapes and checkerboards, rendered in unconventional combinations of color and resolutely flat. Occasionally featuring numeric symbols and incongruously informal cursive script, Jensen’s paintings connect his interest in ancient metaphysics with his innovative technique.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition
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